Wedding Traditions & Where They Come From

Your big day, your special day, your wedding day; whatever you want to call it. It's a big deal, or at least we think so. Some make it a bigger deal than others, but there's no denying that it's a day filled with memories that will last a lifetime. Every wedding is different, but there are a few traditions we always see. Does anyone really know why we add them to our wedding planning checklists? Or what they even mean? We didn't, so we looked into six of the most commonly seen wedding traditions and dug a little deeper to figure out where they come from.

Wedding Cakes

Before there were four-tiered extravagant wedding cakes, there was just a simple piece of bread. Yep...just bread. The tradition was for grooms to take a bite of bread and then crumble the rest over the bride's head for good luck. The guests would then race to pick up the fallen crumbs so they could absorb some of the good luck. Over the years, the tradition transformed to the bride pushing pieces of her cake through her ring to the guests for them to take home and put under their pillow, believing it would bring them good luck. I think I speak for everyone when I say I feel lucky enough to get a slice of cake on a plate, not the ground and not out of a tiny ring.

White Gown

Nothing makes me giddyer than thinking about strolling down the aisle in a white ball gown. But until the mid 1800s, brides actually wore red on their wedding day. Queen Victoria started the now ongoing tradition of wearing a white gown when she married Prince Albert around 1840. She chose white because the color symbolized wealth, but today a lot of people see it as a symbol of purity. We just think it looks good!

Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

Why does a bride always have to have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue? It's a catchy little saying, but I had to know why it was a thing. Something old represents the bride's ties to her family and past. So, basically, having something old says that even though you're getting married you won't forget where you came from. Something new is a representation of the new life ahead for the bride. Something borrowed is supposed to be an item that comes from someone in a successful marriage to pass along the good luck, so I would be sure to choose this one wisely. Something blue symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, and purity which seem like three pretty important things to have represented in your wedding. All four of these "somethings" are definitely a tradition we stand behind.

Wedding Veil

Way back when, families looked at their daughters as a commodity and would place them in an arranged marriage to increase both families' assets. Most of the time the bride and groom would meet for the first time at the altar, so the veil was worn to cover the bride's face until the end of the ceremony so the groom couldn't back out of the marriage. Pretty harsh, right?! Thankfully, the veil now symbolizes the bride's virtue and is usually used as an accessory to pull the whole look together.

Ring Bearer & His Pillow

So obviously someone has to carry the rings down the aisle, but why a little boy? And why does he carry them on a pillow? We found out the pillow represents your dreams coming true and a child is usually the one carrying it because they represent innocence, the future, and new beginnings. Lately there's been a trend of people using their dogs as a ring bearer, and that's definitely something we support.

Engagement Rings

Who doesn't absolutely obsess over engagement rings?! Even if you're not the type to obsess over what your own ring looks like, it's hard to resist admiring your recently engaged friend's ring. And there's so many to choose from! Gold or platinum band? Diamond or no diamond? If you do want a diamond, do you want oval, round, princess, pear, or emerald shaped? I mean, the possibilities are endless. Anyways, back to the point, engagement rings started back in ancient Egypt to symbolize a never-ending cycle and the space inside the ring represents a gateway. Diamonds were added by the Sicilians because they believed that the stone was "forged by the fires of love." The placement of the engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand comes from the belief in Ancient Greece that our ring finger contains a vein that leads straight to our heart. This vein was known as the "vena amoris," which means the vein of love. We were disappointed to learn that the vena amoris does not actually exist, but it was pretty cool for the short time we believed it.

Gaining some insight on why we have all of these traditions makes them seem so much more special. But whether you use all, some, or none of these traditions in your wedding, we know your day will still be nothing short of perfect.

Xo, The I Do Team

College Sweethearts

"My husband Daniel and I met in Italian class in college at LSU.  He told me the first day he saw me walk into class he thought to himself, "I've got to get to know this girl."  As the semester went on he slowly tried to pursue me, asking me to be in his group for class assignments, saving me a seat in class, waiting for me outside the classroom after class, asking me to study with him, taking me for gelato.  Well, was not interested in dating him at the time an only wanted to remain friends.  Fast forward, I decide to give this guy a chance.  Daniel invites me to his camp on the river.  The first night there we danced on the pier and later that night underneath the stars.  Four years later he asks me to marry him in that same old classroom where we met in the same old seats we sat in and now we are college sweethearts and happily married"  -Marissa G Burgin 

Blushing Brides

We always love a beautiful blusher here at I Do Bridal! Blushers add the sweetest moments with your father or groom on your wedding day.  A bride can share that reveal moment with her father or she can have her groom flip the blusher back when they kiss for the first time as husband and wife. What we love about a blusher is that it adds so much romance to the wedding.  The photos are breathtaking and it is your once in a lifetime chance to have that reveal moment.  Blushers are not for every bride and every bride has their own unique style but we will love this classic tradition for a lifetime. 

Its #Wedding Wednesday!

"One of my favorite parts of the day was doing a "first look" with the bridesmaids.  I didn't tell anyone a single thing about my dress so they all had different ideas of what the dress might be like.  As soon as they turned around to see me in the dress, everyone immediately started screaming!  They all agreed it was perfectly "me"!  Despite the rain, the day was absolutely perfect from beginning to end!  It was exactly what we hoped for and more!  I really felt like the best version of myself and how I had always envisioned myself on my wedding day".  -McKenzie Miller Hernandez 

Inger was stunning made the most beautiful bride! How sweet it was to help you find your dream gown and you couldn’t have looked more perfect! Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs!

Chelsea glowed at her wedding

Chelsea looked lovely in her amazing wedding dress. The perfect love story from Miss to Mrs. Vegas. We love our brides.

Chelsea glowed at her wedding

Chelsea looked lovely in her amazing wedding dress. The perfect love story from Miss to Mrs. Vegas. We love our brides.

California dreaming

The new Mr. And Mrs. Harton literally took our breath away. Their California dream wedding has got to be one of our favorites + Alexs' Monique Lhuillier gown truly couldn't have been a more perfect wedding dress.

Rivini + Tana = Stunning

So blessed to LOVE what "I Do" ❤️

"Ramsey Roberts Sims and the ladies at I Do Bridal Couture, where this Bridal journey really started, are on another level in the Bridal World. Many many years ago whenever the store opened in Southdown's next to our Smoothie King I told my Dad we would get my dress from you. He often laughed at me because of obvious reasons but I never wanted to look anywhere else. Thank you for not only finding my dream dress but helping make our appointment a lasting memory for me and my parents."  Tana, it was such an honor to dress you for one of the most important days of your life, thank you for trusting us. You are beautiful inside + out and we just adore you and your family. @_vividphotography

Pure Grace in Amsale

Classic elegance at its best. Grace was an absolute beauty on her day + we were so unbelievably grateful to have helped her find the Amsale gown. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Morse! Xo! 💕#sayido

Tiffany + Liancarlo = Amazing

Bride, Tiffany McGlathery Doiron wearing the lovely Liancarlo.

Stephanie shines on her wedding day

Just, wow! We love seeing our brides happy and glowing and the new Mrs. Hoerner looked exactly that on her special day! Stephanie, you were nothing short of breathtaking. We absolutely loved working with you and we wish you a lifetime full of those gorgeous smiles with Ian! Xo!  Erin and Geoffrey Photography

Paige brings Alyne Rivini gown perfection

Nothing but perfection for this stunning bride of ours -- Paige is official a Mrs. Bradley! Her Alyne Rivini gown truly couldn't have been more perfect for her May wedding. We can't thank you enough, Paige, + we are so glad to have shared in such a special day! Xo, #sayido Kristin & Heather Photography

Take a stroll forever...

Take a stroll on this Monday with the new Mr + Mrs. Jordan came to us in a pinch and we couldn't love how her dream dress came to be. We loved seeing the amazing pictures of you and Eddie that you will cherish for a lifetime. #sayido @gingersnapaphoto (I Do Bridal Couture is a couture wedding dress boutique located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana)